Health Washington Beat: Recent Health Industry News

Mintz Levin’s Health Law Practice has assembled the following overview of recent issues and developments that affect the health industry and that will continue to take center stage in 2009.

*Obama Selects Daschle to Lead Health Care Reform

*HHS Secretary Proposes Consumer Role in Health Information Technology Privacy

*HHS Advises on Application of HIPAA to Health Information Organizations: Link to referenced report: (http://www.hhs.gov/healthit/privacy/framework.html)

*OIG Asks for Proposals and Recommendations for Safe Harbors and Fraud Alerts: Link to report: (http://www.oig.hhs.gov/authorities/docs/08/121708FRNotice.pdf)

*OIG Blesses Part-time Physician Employment Arrangement: Link to Opinion: (http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2008/AdvOpn08-22.pdf)

*GAO Reports on MA Plans’ Profits and Costs for 2006: Link to Report:

(http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09132r.pdf)

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